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Sequoia Choice Arizona Distance Learning

Charter | K-12 | 750 students

Caring teachers, great course selection, flexibility and college credit

 
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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 4, 2014

I am a current student at Sequoia Choice AzDL and would like to take the time to encourage anyone who is looking for a school to attend Sequoia Choice. The teachers are engaged and understanding, and always willing to help me with my studies. I have never found a school more satisfactory than Sequoia.


Posted March 11, 2014

Do you notice the huge gaps between the high and low ratings given to AZDL (Arizona Distance Learning)? There are a few reasons for this. As a general rule AZDL is an amazing school for people that want their children to learn at home. They do have some great courses for online and at-home learning K-12. You will find though, that you will succeed best if you are self motivated. Some of these people have never tried learning at home and when they do, they see how hard it is and blame it on the school. It can be a lot of work on your part (me AND my kids). This is not a scandalous school. Will you be given a wrong password at some point? Maybe. Does this mean the whole school is incompetent? No. Call the teacher! If you find a class is not for you... don't take it! Keep communication with the advisers and instructors and you can have an amazing schooling experience at home. They have some amazing and flexible schooling options like: they pay for college for HS students, pay for outside tech courses, partner with schools like Williamsburg Academy in UT, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

I found out that the home program is different than a lot of the site schools in "Sequoia Choice." On here, it all looks like the same school. I think "AZDL" is the home program, and I know Arizona has given it a B grade for this past year. That seems about right. I guess this is higher than most online schools, and most of them got Ds. We have always liked the staff in the home program, who can really work with your needs the best. OUr student just got a big 4 year scholarship for college, and we've been with them for almost 3 years now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

I give this school one star because there is no lower score. This school is disorganized. The instructor gave us the wrong password to access instruction online. I had enrolled them for summer school and we never received our text books. This semester I requested information three times and was not given access to testing materials until it was too late to complete them to turn in. I repeatedly asked what was needed to turn in and my emails were ignored, then a day before it was all due I was emailed a form letter list saying to "send what we have completed" now. My children are straight A students and they were failed by the instructor and the curriculum. Lesson plans are unrealistic, in order to complete the daily lessons it would take eight or more hours a day per subject. They were obviously written by someone with no teaching experience whatsoever. I cannot warn you strongly enough to stay away from this school. In 2009 they were involved in a financial scandal providing state funded curriculum to a private Christian school which turned around and charged parents tens of thousands of dollars a year. Worst school and completely unethical. Stay away!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2013

My son is graduating today after being enrolled in the distance learning program for two years. We found the program to be great and a wonderful match for his leaning style. He will graduate tonight and has already completed his Associates in Science degree. What a great jump start he will have when he begins university in the fall. His advisor and others at AZDL were very helpful and always communicated with us quickly and effectively. It is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2013

This school was given a D several years in a row by the AZ Dept of Education for a reason. I have had 3 children in this school. Two of them were in the high school program and 1 in the elementary program. My oldest refused to continue in the school because it was so bad. My other two I withdrew after numerous errors on the part of the school. They actually had an entire class fail a final because they tested on material the kids were never "taught". It is virtually impossible to fail a final at this school since the questions are directly from the chapter tests and the kids can bring the answers as long as they are handwritten. According to one of the teachers, this school takes the dregs of the school system that have nowhere else to go and makes it as easy as possible for them to pass. Yet the DOE still gives them a D because the school isn't teaching these children anything and they are failing the state and federal tests. It's harder to pass when you can't have the answers written down in front of you. There isn't enough space to list all the problems with this school. If they get a D again this year they will be closed down. I feel bad for their few good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2012

As a parent of a former student I am glad I found Sequoia Choice on this website. My daughter is a former student who is now a college freshman. During her high school years she completed 44 college credits. She will be able to graduate from college in 2.5 years. Her success can be shared with the great teachers and advisors at Sequoia Choice. She was only able to start college at such an early age because of her strong educational foundation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2012

This is one of the worse schools. There test scores are extremely low and do not take interest or set it up when the students are far below on state standards. It takes days, weeks, and months to get information from the school when requested and re-requested. They have no way of ensuring that the student is doing the school work in elementary. The school is about profits and not education.


Posted March 29, 2011

every student and parent are treated as though this is your own personal school. So flexible to educational, physical and emotional needs. The teachers are special and kind. they customized your childs grade level around the childs needs and speed. this is my daughters second year, I am so excited that, at 7th grade, she is taking college courses and I don't have to deal with bully's anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

This school offers it all- huge class options, Individualized learning, love how students can learn at their pace not the class, Administrators that really care, teachers that are available and labs on regular school campus's so students can have th ebest of both worlds. Add that kids can get a jump start on college- attend -earn a degree before HS graduation and the school pays for it. Wow! When we are all struggling in the recession this school has it's own stimulis plan for our kids future- education - real education beyond the standards.


Posted January 31, 2005

We loved it at Bennett Academy. They challenged my child to organize his work and set goals. I wish they would extend the school to high school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2004

I'm not a parent, I am actually a student. I just started this year and I love it! They offer a lot, I learn a lot, and its great! If you want to try something different this is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2003

I have children enrolled in the elementary and distance learning programs at Sequoia Choice. I am very impressed with the supportiveness and availability of the teachers!


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2014.

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22%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

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67%

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60%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

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50%

2011

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

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60%

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60%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
47%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

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n/a

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n/a

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
41%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
64%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%
Science

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n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
50%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
37%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
19%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
48%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 42%
Hispanic 16% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 9% 5%
Black 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A47%
Female 45%N/A49%
Male 55%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 50% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 20% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 5% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 10% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 15% (2012)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • Electrical

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Photography
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School Leader's name
  • Cindy Chleborad
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Part-time study
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 890-4106

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Adult education
  • College prep
  • Continuation
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • Construction / building
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary
  • Electrical
  • Welding certification

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Photography
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
750
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
750

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 50%
4 year college - 20%
Military - 5%
Vocational - 10%
Workforce - 15%
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323 N. Gilbert Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85204
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Phone: (480) 461-3222

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